Those who are crisis care-minded often know that the things they are doing to themselves will catch up to them at some point. Yet, they prefer to wait for the crisis to occur before doing anything about it. Once the crisis event takes place, this person will frantically seek help from anyone or anything they think should help. Quite commonly, this leads to the purchase of a supportive product such as a foot orthotic in hopes that the product will fix their problem. At best, these orthotics will provide some support or relief, but it is very unlikely that they will correct the cause of the problem.
The body is made up of an alternating pattern of stable segments connected by mobile joints. If this pattern is compromised, something bad will happen. This might mean that you will lose power in your golf swing or it may mean that you will experience an injury. Since your foot serves as the foundation to the entire structure of your body, stability in your foot is absolutely crucial. Many cases of hip or knee pain and even lower back pain can be traced back to a loss of stability in your foot. Your foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints and 126 ligaments, tendons and muscles. As a result, there is a lot of room for something to go wrong in your feet. The health of your entire structure is affected by this area.
Some simple ways to find out if you have a loss of foot stability are as follows. While standing barefoot on the floor, have a friend put two fingers under the arch of your foot. If there is a noticeable difference or not enough room for two fingers, there is likely a loss of arch stability. This loss of stability will result in a loss of shock absorption. Next have your friend look at the back of your ankles. If one or both of your Achilles tendons bow inward, this is a common sign of pronation due to a loss of stability. Look at the bottom of your shoes. Check to see if they wearing evenly or if the back of one heel looks different from the other. This difference is a clear sign that the moving parts in your body are imbalanced.
If you stand in front of a mirror in shorts you can see a number of things. Look for one knee buckling inward, a tilt in your shoulders or a foot that turns in or out. Each of these things are signs that your mobility-stability pattern has broken. The result is a chain reaction that causes some areas to turn and some areas to tilt. This is called kinetic chain dysfunction. It explains how a problem in your foot can wreak havoc on the rest of your body.
Every person deserves to be healthy and express their full potential from the day they are born until their last breath of life. Do yourself and your family a favor and take a proactive approach to your health and wellness. Don't wait for a crisis to occur before you try purchasing an off the shelf product in hopes of a quick fix. Have your structure evaluated to expose your areas of weakness. Your kids have an excellent opportunity to have their structure evaluated during our sports physicals this month. Each physical provides computerized feedback about the arches of their feet and their susceptibility to joint dysfunction in addition to the standard evaluation of their ability to participate safely in sports.